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Walter Murdoch (1874–1970).  The Oxford Book of Australasian Verse.  1918.
 
133. The Green Singer
 
By Shaw Neilson
 
 
ALL singers have shadows
  That follow like fears,
But I know a singer
  Who never saw tears;
A gay love—a green love—        5
  Delightsome—divine:
The Spring is that singer—
  An old love of mine!
 
All players have shadows,
  And into the play        10
Old sorrows will saunter—
  Old sorrows will stay.
But here is a player
  Whose speech is divine:
The Spring is that player—        15
  An old love of mine!
 
All singers grow heavy:
  Their hours as they run
Bite up all the blossoms,
  Suck up all the sun;        20
But I know a singer
  Delightsome—divine:
The gay love—the green love—
  An old love of mine!
 

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